MUWJ, NUWJ strongly deplore attempt to malign image of TN Governor Banwarilal Purohit

The Maharashtra Union of Working Journalists (MUWJ) and the Nagpur Union of Working Journalists (NUWJ) have strongly deprecated the deplorable attempt by some vested interests to malign the spotlessly clean image of Shri Banwarilal Purohit, Honourable Governor of Tamilnadu by hurling baseless, malicious, mischievous and slanderous allegations.
We, in Nagpur and the State media, know Shri Purohit, popularly known as Babuji, since last several decades as man of principles and impeccable integrity. As diligent public representative, as Managing Editor of The Hitavada, the oldest and largest circulated English daily of Central India since last one century, as able administrator of educational institutions and an affable public personality, Shri Purohit, is known for Spartan personal life and above board public life. He is fatherly figure for most media persons in Central India and has always stood against corruption, injustice and openly supported media persons in their fight against any attempt to muzzle their voice of dissent.

The MUWJ and the NUWJ were taken aback by the audacious attempt to portray him in poor light by completely twisting the narrative and strongly condemns such an attempt in no uncertain terms. The manner in which a section of the media tried to project the episode at Raj Bhavan, was utterly in poor taste and smacked of sinister design to indulge in a smear campaign against a high constitutional functionary with clean image throughout his public life.

It will not be out of place to state that the newspaper which he owned – The Hitavada – employs a large number of women journalists – perhaps largest number of women journalists anywhere in Central India- and under his towering personality all the institutions run by him are considered as law-abiding, rule-enforcing and safest possible places for employment.

In this background, with a sense of pain and anguish, the MUWJ and the NUWJ once again unequivocally condemn the sinister attempt by some sections with an oblique motive to malign the image of Shri Purohit.